This year, we’re doing our own holiday stuff. We decided it was too far to drive home, too expensive to fly and rent a car, so we’re staying here in El Paso for Christmas and Thanksgiving.
And while I’m sad we’ll miss our families and being in Colorado, part of me is really excited to start our own traditions here with Bella this year. To cook our own meals. To have presents under the tree – not just the few for us and the rest for the kitties to make it look like there’s more.
Don’t give me the side eye – some of you have monogrammed stockings for your pets. I know it.
I’m not judging, but I might have given you the side eye back.
As far as I’m concerned, tonight is the start of Thanksgiving. I’m going to prep, chop, and bake a few things that can be reheated tomorrow. I’m going to wash tablecloths and get out more Corelle to cook in. I grocery shopped Monday and can I just say – there needs to be some type of full turkey in a 2 1/2 person size. Like a 4 pounder. We are going to have turkey until we cringe at the sight of it.
Yes, I could have gotten a breast but I wanted a whole turkey, gosh darnit. Please remind me of this as I sob over it tomorrow wondering why I got a 12lb bird for a family of 3. (Smallest one Archer Farms carried.) It might seem wasteful but we plan to use every part of it.
Not the neck.
Sam has a 4 day weekend, Saturday we’re sanding and repainting a door, then steam cleaning all the carpets.
It’s a rental home but we’re both a little on the “Let’s keep it clean and shiny” side.
Trying to stay on top of things this year (procrastination makes me anxious – who knew?) I’ve ordered Christmas cards and planned a trip for us the Friday before Christmas to the Carlsbad Caverns and a boat tour of holiday lights down the Pecos river. Then we’ll stay the night in Carlsbad.
I’ve got to say, having things done before they need to be causes me MUCH less stress. Why haven’t I always done this?
::ponders an on time life::
Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving to my US friends, happy Thursday to everyone else 🙂 and enjoy this weekend.